When RIM launches BlackBerry 10, we know to expect a couple different basic hardware layouts, similar to the options currently available from BlackBerry 7 devices. There’s definitely going to be a full touchscreen device from the get-go, and we’re also expecting a more traditional BlackBerry with a hardware QWERTY keyboard. These models have been showing up in leaked docs time and time again. Now, RIM is going official with BB10 resolution support on its developer blog, revealing just what display options the new platform will support.
RIM is aiming for two basic resolutions in all its handsets: a 1280 x 720 display for full-touch models, and a square 720 x 720 screen in those with a hardware keyboard. We thought that latter resolution sounded a bit odd when it first surfaced in a leaked doc, but apparently we’ll be seeing a lot more of it.
The problem is that the very first BB10 model, the “London” we’ve been hearing about, won’t quite have either of those resolutions. Instead, it will have the same display found on the company’s Dev Alpha handsets, measuring-in at 1280 x 768. As a result, developers planning full-screen apps for this model will have to keep future, slightly-lower-res screens in mind unless they want to go back and redo everything once the 1280 x 720 models start landing.
RIM blames this unusual arrangement on the lengthy manufacturing and design process needed to bring the first BB10 phone to market; apparently, these two resolution options hadn’t been set in stone when the decision needed to be made about the London’s screen.
While BlackBerry 10’s fate is still very much up in the air, at least we know that the hardware will all feature some nice, crisp screens.